Today it is more critical than ever that parents, guardians, and those in loco parentis carefully study reviews of movies for children and youths that address age-appropriateness before choosing what films the children under their supervision may see. Many movies are marketed as family films but in fact have violence, profanity, and adult situations that are not healthy or appropriate for children. Fortunately, there are more and more redemptive, appropriate family movies available. However, both appropriate and inappropriate “family” movies can be rated as PG or PG-13, which both cover a broad continum of movies. The PG that stands for Parental Guidance means that parents must guide their families to make careful, appropriate movie choices. Here are some suggestions for good movie review sources and their distinctives:
One of the top sources of movie news and reviews is Movieguide®, as their reviews are written by professionals with advanced degrees, broad and deep knowledge of research, and many years of professional experience in entertainment industries. Movieguide® provides two categories of ratings for quality and acceptability for movies in theaters, on DVDs, and on television. Along with interview videos, trailers, and research, Movieguide® provides very specific detail as to content. For example for the movie “Max” some of the descriptive phrases include ” …redemptive, moral worldview, including God is addressed in a biblical manner… sacrifice and laying down your life for another is a major element, soldier sacrifices his life for his friend, dog sacrifices his life for Justin, and Justin risks his life for his dad, the father/son relationship holds a high priority…”
Another good source is The Dove Foundation that provides reviews of movies in theaters, on DVDs, on television and more with trailers, posters, and interviews. Their reviews are based on “traditional Judeo-Christian values.” At the top of each review are headings such as Not Recommended for Families, For Ages Twelve and Over, or For All Ages. Concerning current movies in theaters the Dove Foundation lists the following movies under the category For Ages Twelve and Over: “Max,” “Inside Out,” “Beyond the Mask,” “Where Hope Grows…” The foundation lists the following as Not Recommended for Families: “Ted 2,” “Dope,” “Jurassic World,” “Poltergeist (2015)…”
Further, Sonoma Christian Home also provides a Movies Section that provides some of the best graphics online with trailers, photos, and beautiful images. They uniquely provide top movie picks for families each week, as well as reviews and interviews, all accompanied with wonderful graphics and videos.
On June 30, George Konetes (a Christian movie, professor, pastor, husband, and communications professional) posts a review of the movie “Polycarp.” Konetes is the founder of True Story Christian Movies.com, on which he writes and advocates what God has done through film. Other reputable sites for reviews of redemptive, family movies that post trailers and posters, as well as reviews, include: Christinaity Today (christianitytoday.com), Chistian Cinema (christiancinema.com), Christian Film Database (www.christianfilmdatabase.com) and more.
There are many good sources of reviews of redemptive and family movies; however, Movieguide® is distinctive with its leadership of professional, highly educated, and broadly experienced professionals. The Dove Foundation is unique with recommendations related to age-appropriateness with its headings at the top of each review: Not Recommended for Families, For Ages Twelve and Over, or For All Ages. Sonoma Christian Home is distinctive for its high quality graphics and its interviews of leading producers, directors, and actors of redemptive and family movies before they come out in theaters.